- On the 2006 follow-up to their wildly successful debut, HOT FUSS, the Killers' continue their torrid affair with1980s New Wave, but manage to incorporate the sounds of that era, particularly heavy use of synthesizers, more seamlessly into the mix. This is due, at least in part, to the presence of veteran producers Flood and Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, U2), who help to make the tracks on SAM'S TOWN both brighter and edgier than earlier Killers tunes. While the Las Vegas-based act's Britpop-influenced songs are still marked by Brandon Flower's emotive vocals and bold synth lines, Dave Keuning's guitar riffs are amped up on much of the record, as exemplified by the urgent single "When We Were Young," which easily stands as one of the quartet's finest tunes. Other highlights of this brooding album are the dramatic "Bones" and the yearning title track, songs that prove that the Killers may have unforeseen substance lurking under their carefully rendered style.
Spin (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Everything is constructed to epic dimensions, almost according to physical laws of acceleration and propulsion....There's no denying the brute efficiency of the hooks."
Q (p.126) - Ranked #5 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[A] valentine to the mythic Americana of prime Springsteen."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[They] resume their successful formula -- loud guitars, '80s pop hooks, glitterdust synths -- but these 12 songs come with extra muscle and star-spangled lyricism..."